Growing in the city is not about having space to grow, it’s about growing in the space you have. If you live anywhere that’s even barely exposed to sunshine, you can grow something. Hell, if you live in a dank, subterranean, converted closet of an apartment and have electricity, you can grow something. Look, I’m not going to tell you again. DON’T MAKE ME PULL THIS CAR OVER.
Lucky for you my pals send me little tidbits that could be of use to the urban farmer who’s short on space. Here are a few to feast your eyes on.
Futuristic Chicken Coop
In this case the egg comes first, then the chicken you stuff inside it. This looks pretty awesome but it doesn’t look like you could fit that many chickens in it. Maybe buy ten of them? (Which would look pretty cool). I dunno, you do the math. I’ve already figured out I can’t have chickens. (Or bees.)
Shipping Palette Garden
I tried to grab a huge stack of palettes from the loading dock of West Elm last fall. They denied me, telling me that they use them “for displays.” Turns out, they totally do. But only in New York would people be fighting over a stack of wooden garbage, one to make artistic furniture displays, the other to use in his rooftop garden. Pffft.
If you are fortunate enough to grab some unwanted palettes, they make some pretty cool vertical gardens. (Stay away from pressure treated palettes). Check out this lovely how-to article over at Life on the Balcony.
Once you pry out the rusty screws you can also make some pretty awesome lounges like these, assuming you’ve had your tetanus shots and you have the patience to make these so they don’t collapse underneath you.
And lastly, there’s the Mini Farm Box, a small raised bed that comes equipped with all the bits you’ll need to grow some food. I think with some ingenuity, hell maybe even some shipping palettes, you could do this on the cheap. And I think sub-irrigating them as opposed to using drip irrigation is probably the best approach.
Good news is, there’s a lot of options out there and it’s the perfect time to get down to business. I will happily accept, taste and review the pretentious, homegrown, urban vegetables you grow all summer. Thanks in advance.